Nikki Haley, former Ambassador to the United Nations, is laying the heat on Democratic former governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe in a new ad campaign.
The new ad was put out by Haley’s advocacy group, Stand for America, and takes McAuliffe to task for his position opposing parental involvement in education, and particularly for his statement at the gubernatorial debate last month in which he said he does not “think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
This sentence struck a nerve, and is quoted in the ad, which is titled “You’re a Parent.” The ad focuses on the central role parents play in a child’s life, and attacks McAuliffe for appearing to side with education bureaucrats against parents:
“Now, schools want to teach your kids hate-filled ideas and Terry McAuliffe wants you to disappear.”
The ad continues on to urge parents to oppose McAuliffe, and seems to subtly remind them to go vote in November:
“Tell Terry McAuliffe he’s wrong on education. Because you’re a parent, and parents show up.”
Haley herself released a statement to Fox News on Monday, discussing the ad and the overall debate over parent’s rights in Virginia:
“Union bosses and liberal activists think they know what’s best for students in Virginia. It’s up to us to remind them that parents have the final say in their child’s education.”
The race is very close, and is expected to be a nail-biter right up to the end, with Republican contender Glenn Youngkin seeking to prevent McAuliffe from returning to the governor’s mansion. Incumbent governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat, is not seeking re-election.
Much of the recent race has centered around McAuliffe’s statements at that pivotal debate, and even CNN senses nervousness from the McAuliffe camp, which tellingly felt compelled to release an ad of its own in which McAuliffe tries to explain himself and regain control of the narrative.
— Brandon Jarvis (@Jaaavis) October 18, 2021
This isn’t the first time McAuliffe has come across as disdainful and arrogant towards the common folk that he wants to be his constituents (once more). In September he snapped at a county sheriff for daring to question him on de-funding police after McAuliffe had accepted the endorsement of a group that supports de-funding. McAuliffe haughtily refused to “dignify” the question with a response, which prompted a quick back and forth over McAuliffe’s police record, and ended with McAuliffe angrily declaring “I don’t care what you believe.” The Youngkin camp wasted no time in tearing into McAuliffe for treating the sheriff with “such contempt.”
The election, which will be held on November 2nd, is seen by many as a bellwether on the culture wars playing out for America’s soul, a microcosm of the greater ideological struggle within nation that seems to be going through an identity crisis. Virginia has repeatedly been on the front lines of these cultural battles, with Loudoun County in particular being a recurring item on the news as its parents wage a bitter struggle against the school board.
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